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Wright, Brandon L.

Works: 4 works in 9 publications in 1 language and 969 library holdings
Roles: Editor
Classifications: LC3993.9, 371.950973
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Most widely held works by Brandon L Wright
Failing our brightest kids : the global challenge of educating high-ability students by Chester E Finn( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume, the authors argue that, for decades, the United States has done too little to focus on educating students to achieve at high levels. The authors identify two core problems: First, compared to other countries, the United States does not produce enough high achievers. Second, students from disadvantaged backgrounds are severely underrepresented among those high achievers. The authors describe educating students to high levels of achievement as an issue of both equity and human capital: talented students deserve appropriate resources and attention, and the nation needs to develop these students' abilities to remain competitive in the international arena. The authors embark on a study of twelve countries and regions to address these issues, exploring the structures and practices that enable some countries to produce a higher proportion of high-achieving students than the United States and to more equitably represent disadvantaged students among their top scorers. Based on this research, the authors present a series of ambitious but pragmatic points that they believe should inform US policy in this area.--From publisher description
Charter schools at the crossroads : predicaments, paradoxes, possibilities by Chester E Finn( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a book by several charter school advocates taking stock of the past, present, and future of the charter movement.--
Getting the most bang from the education buck( Book )

2 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The volume provides education leaders and policymakesrs with practical guidance on how to make each dollar go further-whether a given dollar is "old" or "new." This book identifies insights, lessons, and suggestions that can help schools spend their funds effectively. The volume is focused on solutions-ways school systems can prioritize and make tradeoffs that can help them spend their dollars more effectively- and more general lessons for how leaders can and should think about these issues. The book provides policy-specific recommendations. When it comes to school spending, getting more bang for the buck is never just a matter of spending on "what works." It's a complicated calculus of student needs, available resources, political realities, and local context. That's why school spending should never be a mechanical task, but an educational exercise-and an opportunity to discover more promising paths forward. This book guides readers through this journey of school spending"--
High Stakes for High Achievers : State Accountability in the Age of ESSA by Michael J Petrilli( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In this report, the authors examine the extent to which states' current (or planned) accountability systems for elementary and middle schools attend to the needs of high-achieving students, and how these systems might be redesigned under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to better serve all students. In their view, states can and should take four steps to ensure that the needs of high achievers are prioritized under ESSA: (1) For the first academic indicator required by ESSA ("academic achievement"), reward schools for getting more students to an "advanced" level; (2) For the second academic indicator expected by ESSA ("student growth"), rate schools using a "true growth model," i.e., one that looks at the progress of individual students at all achievement levels and not just those who are low-performing or below the "proficient" line; (3) Include "gifted students" (or "high-achieving students") as a subgroup, and report their results separately and (4) When determining summative school ratings, make "growth for all students" count for at least half of the rating. Based on these four design features, the authors rate states' current (or planned) accountability systems using a rubric and the most recent publicly available information. This rubric is the basis for two sets of ratings: one for the thirty-nine states (plus the District of Columbia) that calculate summative school ratings (or intend to) and one for the eleven states that don't take this step (or don't plan to). The ratings suggest that the overwhelming majority of current (and planned) state accountability systems provide schools with few incentives to focus on their high-achieving students. In fact, the analysis presented herein indicates that just four states--Arkansas, Ohio, Oregon, and South Carolina--have truly praiseworthy systems when it comes to focusing attention on these students. The results also highlight the specific areas where states need to improve. Only four states (Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon) base at least half of a school's rating on "growth for all students," and seven states and the District of Columbia assign no weight to this measure. (Eleven states don't calculate summative school ratings.) Given that student growth is the best way to evaluate schools' impact on student achievement--and the best way to signal that all kids matter--this finding is extremely alarming. Just five states (Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Wyoming) include high-achieving or gifted students as a subgroup and separately report their results. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia rate (or plan to rate) schools' achievement using a model that gives extra credit for students who achieve at an "advanced" level, such as a performance index. Unfortunately, draft regulations published by the Department of Education appear to disallow such indices, and those fourteen states may be required to resume measuring academic achievement via proficiency rates alone. For this reason, the authors have one major recommendation for the Department of Education: All states to rate academic achievement using a performance index. Such an allowance is both consistent with ESSA and in the best interests of students. The Department's final regulations should encourage performance metrics that account for the achievement of all students. [Foreword by Chester E. Finn, Jr.]
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